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Renewable energy and the politics of subsidies | Letters

It’s becoming tiresome hearing government ministers justify their cuts to renewable energy subsidies on the basis that industries must “stand on their own two feet” (Energy minister ‘open-minded’ about UK solar subsidy cuts, 20 October). Ener…

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Timely alternatives to changing the clocks | Letters

I share some of Patrick Barkham’s views about the annual moving of clocks, forward and back (Notebook, 27 October), but he is wrong to suggest that there is anything irrational in the asymmetry of the times when the clocks are moved. The Earth moves …

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Plenty to worry about regarding Britain’s close relationship with China | Letters

Did I hear Sajid Javid say in the Commons that no government can control the market price of steel? Of course they can. The Chinese government has just dramatically reduced the price by dumping. The Saudi government in the past raised the price of oil …

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Michael Meacher’s impressive environmental legacy | Letters

Your obituary of Michael Meacher (22 October) underplays his significant contribution to the promotion of genuinely green policies.I worked as a specialist researcher for Michael in the nine months running up to the 1997 general election landslide win …

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Eaten sweet potato? Then you’ve had a GM meal | Letters

The sweet potato (commonly called a yam) is a familiar vegetable on our supermarket shelves and it is indeed an achievement to grow the sweet potato in the UK (British farmers crack the sweet potato, 18 October). The sweet potato is eaten by some …

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Chinese reactor plan fuels British security fears | Letters

A lesson learned from the otherwise successful UK gas-cooled reactor programmes was that excessive diversity of design prevents economies of scale during construction and is inefficient during the plant’s working life.A Chinese reactor at Bradwell wo…

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Redcar shows need for efficient UK energy | Letters

The closure of Redcar steelworks (Report, 13 October) shows the importance of boosting energy productivity to tackle high energy costs. Over half (54%) of the energy used in electricity is lost before it even reaches us, and is worth £9.5bn annua…

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Britain’s endangered lowland rivers | Letters

Nick Davies (The old man and the river, 8 October) raises many pertinent questions with regard to pollution of the Sussex Ouse, but similar problems affect many lowland rivers. He is right that we face huge financial issues in attempting (unsuccessfull…

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Uncertain trumpets and dodgy organs | Letters

I was intrigued to read (Report, 6 October) that home secretary, Theresa May, believes that mass immigration is “no longer sustainable” as it “leads to the wages of some low-paid workers being undercut and forces thousands of others out of work a…

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Andrew Adonis and the UK’s real infrastructure needs | Letters

Cutting carbon emissions is but one aspect of the changes needed for the infrastructure and mode of operation of the UK (Osborne reveals deal with former Blair ally, 5 October). On the energy side, we need to increase development and installation of a …

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